Oregon's Contribution to Peace on Earth


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Oregon ranks No. 4 among states for the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per capita, according to lists released today detailing the top cities and states that produce Peace Corps volunteers. That's a slight increase from last year—with 246 volunteers calling Oregon home, according to the most recent numbers. Vermont, D.C. and Montana led the pack. Washington ranked seventh. Portland ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 STACY BROWNHILL

DeFazio Leads Opposition Among House Democrats to Obama Plan


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We've been tracking Democratic opposition all week in the U.S. House to President Obama's tax deal with Republicans, and the mounting opposition to it from within his own party in Oregon's congressional delegation and elsewhere. Turns out today that U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) was happy to be the point man leading the opposition among House Democrats in what appears to be their new up-the-ante ...   More
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 HANK STERN

Republicans Request Partial Governor's Race Recount in Multnomah County (Updated With Precinct Locations and GOP Chair Bob Tiernan's Comment)


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The Oregon Republican Party has asked for a partial recount in Multnomah County for the governor's race. The request came in 15 minutes before the final deadline on Tuesday, according to Secretary of State Kate Brown's spokeswoman, Andrea Cantu-Schomus. Multnomah County spokesman David Austin says the GOP requested a recount for three precincts in Nob Hill, the Lloyd Center district and Laurelhurst. A ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Add Earl Blumenauer and Kurt Schrader to the List of Obama Tax Deal Foes From Oregon (UPDATED )


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U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenuaer (D-Ore.) has become the third House Democrat from Oregon to oppose President Obama's tax deal. In urging the president to in essence show some backbone in dealings with Republicans, Blumenauer joins with Reps. Peter DeFazio and David Wu as opponents of Obama's deal with the GOP. UPDATE: And U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader has become the fourth of Oregon's four House Democrats ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 HANK STERN

AG Kroger Lists 20 "Worst" Charities


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Attorney General John Kroger's office sends out a lot of press releases that have varying degrees of interest to the general public. But today's information [PDF] could save Oregon consumers money and keep them from getting fleeced. Kroger's staff compiled a list of the 20 "worst" charities, using as the criterion the percentage of revenue those charities actually devote to their ostensible ...   More
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

AG Kroger Accuses Natural Foods Company of Looting Non-Profit


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Yesterday, Attorney General John Kroger released his list of the 20 "worst" non-profits operating in Oregon. The absence of any Oregon-based non-profits from the list could generate concerns Kroger is going easy on local outfits. But here's a story from the (Eugene) Register Guard about a fascinating lawsuit Kroger filed against the natural foods company making Yogi Tea that suggests Kroger's ...   More
 
Friday, December 10, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Jeff Merkley, George Bailey and an Online Petition


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We've written a bit about efforts by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to reform the filibuster so the Senate doesn't get bogged down so easily. The Oregon Democrat today launched an online petition effort at BlueOregon to drum up support for a reform he and Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) are proposing for the filibuster. Merkley notes that one of their proposals is a requirement that senators who are ...   More
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 HANK STERN

Video: Peter DeFazio on the House Democratic Revolt


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Below is one of the TV interviews Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) has given after leading this week's House Democratic revolt against President Obama's tax deal with Republicans. In this interview with The Big Picture, DeFazio tells an empathetic Thom Hartmann (starting at about the 2:40 mark) that the backlash against Obama's deal is "unprecedented" during his 24 years in the House, and that he ...   More
 
Friday, December 10, 2010 HANK STERN

No Holiday Cheer for Oregon's Unemployed


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The latest numbers from the state Employment Department this morning show Oregon's unemployment rate remains stuck in the same dispiriting range where it's been for more than a year. The seasonally adjusted rate for November is 10.6 percent, above the national rate of 9.8 percent for last month. The state rate of 10.6 percent falls within the range of the past 13 months of between 10.5 percent ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 HANK STERN

Merkley Joins Democratic Opposition to Obama Tax Deal


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All four House Democrats from Oregon have already voiced opposition to President Obama's tax deal with Republicans. Now U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) has joined their chorus with his own concerns. Merkley said the tax package, which the Senate is expected to approve this week, would add to the national debt and do little for middle-class families. In a statement, Merkley supported components ...   More
 
Monday, December 13, 2010 REBECCA JACOBSON

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